The MESH & CVCC Small Business Center Win State-Wide Award!

The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center was recently recognized with the North Carolina Small Business Center Network’s 2014 Innovation Award for its partnership with The MESH network and development of The Entrepreneur Exchange podcast. The Innovation Award is given each year to a Small Business Center which finds a creative way to support small business and business start-ups.

The Entrepreneur Exchange is a monthly podcast available on The Mesh website, as well as on iTunes where it can be downloaded to mobile devices. The podcast is a discussion of ideas and strategies to help new and existing small businesses hosted by CVCC Small Business Center Director Jeff Neuville and CVCC Dean of the School of Business and Industry Gary Muller. Each month Neuville and Muller share business insights and host a guest on topics such as small business marketing, raising capital, and using social media to promote business. In addition, Neuville and Muller highlight successful small businesses in their popular “Small Business of the Month” feature.The podcast is downloaded by approximately 400 people each month in North Carolina and throughout the country.“It’s an honor to be recognized by the state Small Business Center Network”, said CVCC Small Business Center Director Jeff Neuville. “Podcasts are a great medium to reach a broad audience in our area and throughout the state, and our partners at The MESH have done a great job of producing and promoting the Entrepreneur Exchange.” Neuville accepted the award at the Small Business Center Network’s Professional Development meeting in Greensboro on October 23rd.
“The MESH is excited to continue our partnership with the CVCC Small Business Center and Entrepreneur Exchange,” said The MESH Co-Executive Producer Mary-Margaret Baker. “The show has been an amazing asset to our network and we couldn’t ask for better listener response!”

The MESH was started by Hickory-based Jackson Group Interactive and is dedicated to providing high-quality programs to a worldwide audience. The MESH is a media online network, designed to produce and deliver unique content to computers, mobile phones, iPods, iPads, and any other device connected to the Internet. The MESH has a series of programs on a variety of topics ranging from business, education, music, movies, sports and more. To learn more about The Mesh and for information on its programming, visit

The Small Business Center at CVCC is part of the state’s Small Business Center Network and works to help new businesses get started and create jobs by providing confidential business counseling and through seminars geared to start-ups and small business. The NC Community College Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 650 businesses each year and helps to create and retain over 3000 jobs annually. For more information, visit the CVCC Small Business Center web site at or call at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

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